Battye, R.A. and Houghton, C.J. and Sutcliffe, P.M.
(2003)
*Icosahedral skyrmions.*
Journal of Mathematical Physics., 44
(8).
pp. 3543-3554.
ISSN 0022-2488.
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Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1584209 |

## Abstract

In this article we aim to determine the baryon numbers at which the minimal energy Skyrmion has icosahedral symmetry. By comparing polyhedra which arise as minimal energy Skyrmions with the dual of polyhedra that minimize the energy of Coulomb charges on a sphere, we are led to conjecture a sequence of magic baryon numbers, B=7,17,37,67,97,..., at which the minimal energy Skyrmion has icosahedral symmetry and unusually low energy. We present evidence for this conjecture by applying a simulated annealing algorithm to compute energy minimizing rational maps for all degrees up to 40. Further evidence is provided by the explicit construction of icosahedrally symmetric rational maps of degrees 37, 47, 67 and 97. To calculate these maps we introduce two new methods for computing rational maps with Platonic symmetries. (C) 2003 American Institute of Physics.

Item Type: | Article |
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Uncontrolled keywords: | RATIONAL MAPS; POINT CHARGES; MONOPOLES; SPHERE |

Subjects: | Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) |

Divisions: | Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Mathematics Statistics and Actuarial Science > Applied Mathematics |

Depositing User: | Judith Broom |

Date Deposited: | 09 Sep 2008 06:48 |

Last Modified: | 14 Jan 2010 14:29 |

Resource URI: | http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/7973 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes) |

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